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The Most Powerful Action Flick Ever

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Science  01 Jun 2001:
Vol. 292, Issue 5522, pp. 1631
DOI: 10.1126/science.292.5522.1631

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A neutron star has the lead role in a first-of-its-kind movie. An international team this week released unique footage of Scorpius X-1 gobbling gas from a companion star and then spitting out blobs like so many watermelon seeds. The new flick should help astronomers understand the narrow jets formed by neutron stars and black holes in our galaxy and beyond.